Research Highlights - Department of Psychological Medicine

Preventing Dementia in an Ageing Singapore

8th August 2017

As Singapore’s population ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase rapidly in the next 10 to 20 years. Thus, prevention is key, said Assistant Professor Feng Lei from NUS Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine. Asst Prof Feng added that local research had found that the risk factors for dementia included heart…

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Good nutrition, physical training and mental exercises can reverse physical frailty in the elderly: NUS study

20th June 2017

These interventions help enhance muscle strength and walking speed, reduce depressive symptoms and improve cognitive functioning   Physical frailty is common among the elderly and is strongly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and adverse health outcomes such as disability, hospitalisation, and mortality. A four-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS)…

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Individuals with high life satisfaction are protected against the risk of developing Dementia

21st March 2017

Based on a collaborative cohort study, it was found that cognitive performance declines with age, and more rapidly with increasing age. This study uses samples from diverse ethnocultural groups and geographical regions (including Singapore); the associations varied across cohorts, suggesting that different rates of cognitive decline might contribute to the global variation in dementia prevalence.…

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Cognitive performance declines with age, across ethnocultural groups and geographic regions

21st March 2017

Based on a collaborative cohort study, it was found that cognitive performance declines with age, and more rapidly with increasing age. This study uses samples from diverse ethnocultural groups and geographical regions (including Singapore); the associations varied across cohorts, suggesting that different rates of cognitive decline might contribute to the global variation in dementia prevalence.…

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Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive decline

16th March 2017

Assistant Professor Feng Lei from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine led a research team, which found that regular consumption of tea reduces elderly persons’ risk of cognitive decline by 50 per cent, and potentially up to 86 per cent for persons genetically at risk of Alzheimer’s. The study was published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health…

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7 in 10 elderly Chinese men don’t age well: Study

30th May 2009

Better education, exercise, good diet and having religious, spiritual beliefs help in ageing process The Straits Times (Singapore) May 30, 2009 Saturday CHINESE men do not have it easy when it comes to ageing. A new study has found seven in 10 elderly Chinese men do not age well. The study also found that men…

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